Emergency Landing

From time to time non-normal and emergency situations occur. The key to the successful management of an in-flight emergency situation and/or preventing a non-normal situation from becoming an emergency, is for the pilot to know and follow the procedures from the airplane or helicopter manufacturer and contained in the FAA-approved Airplane Flight Manual and/or Pilot’s Operating Handbook.

What are the three main types of emergency
landings?

There are three main types of emergency landings: a “forced landing”
(an immediate landing because the plane or helicopter cannot keep
flying, such as with engine failure); a “precautionary landing” (landing
when flight is still possible but not advisable, such as worsening weather,
getting lost, low fuel and engine trouble); and “ditching” (a forced or
precautionary landing on water).

Several psychological hazards may cause a pilot to not act quickly and
safely when faced with an emergency. Some of these factors include
being unwilling to accept the emergency situation; a hope to save the
airplane; and concern about getting hurt.

A pilot who is faced with an emergency landing when an airplane or
helicopter damage is unavoidable must remember that crash injuries are
largely a matter of keeping the cabin area as contained as possible by
using the wings, landing gear, fuselage bottom to absorb the impact force
of the landing before it affects the passengers and pilot.

Kevin Neal practices in the area of civil litigation, with an emphasis on aviation law, medical malpractice, product liability, wrongful death, and personal injury.  Kevin has handled cases for clients in some of the largest lawsuits litigated in Arizona.  He represents clients in claims and suits arising out of a variety of issues.

Emergency Landing
Kevin Neal

Kevin Neal is a trial lawyer with over 30 years of experience before judges, juries, and arbitrators.  Although he has tried many cases, Kevin focuses on global resolution through alternative dispute resolution.  He also advises clients on dealing with the aftermath of catastrophic events.

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